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Ferrari target Shanghai recovery with team reshuffle 14 Apr 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 4 April 2009 Aldo Costa (ITA) Ferrari Chief Designer talks with Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari Manager of F1 Operations. Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Thursday 3 April 2008. Luca Baldisserri (ITA) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 26 April 2008.

Reigning constructors’ champions, Ferrari, are currently enduring their worst start to a season since 1992 and are yet to score a point after two races. Now, following a series of internal talks the Italian team have restructured their technical line-up in an effort to boost their fortunes ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

As part of the reshuffle, technical director Aldo Costa will head a new working group at Ferrari’s Maranello base, to examine the F60’s on-track performances to find ways to accelerate its development. Costa will work alongside team manager Luca Baldisserri, who will now take on a factory-based role, while chief engineer Chris Dyer will assume Baldisserri’s trackside responsibilities.

“The goal is to anticipate as much as possible the introduction of new technologies to reduce the performance gap as fast as possible, which, apart from the question of the diffuser, seems to be there,” explained Ferrari on their official website.

“A working party has been set up under the coordination of Aldo Costa, which will follow the development programme at Maranello in close contact with the experience made on the track: a crucial element of this group is Luca Baldisserri. The Scuderia team manager will follow the single-seater’s development step by step.”

Although it may be too soon for the reshuffle to have much of an effect on the Shanghai race, Ferrari are keen to show they are already moving in the right direction and will bring several updates to China, These will include a modified front wing, which was evaluated by team tester Marc Gene at the Vairano straight last week.